Saturday, March 7, 2020

Trevor Sununu and Erika Huerta charge through the Killearn hills for Shamrock Scurry wins

Trevor Sununu went right to the front then kept on going, winning the 32nd annual Shamrock Scurry 5K on Saturday morning, 7 March 2020. Sununu's time at 17:32 for the 3.1-mile run through Tallahassee, Florida's Killearn Estates neighborhood. Erika Huerta was the first woman in the race, placing eighth overall in 19:33.

Trevor Sununu
Trevor Sununu

The race began just after 8:30 AM near Killearn United Methodist Church. Three past Shamrock Scurry winners shared the starting line with Sununu--2019 winner and defending champion Charlie Johnson, 2016 winner Duane Evans, and 2006 winner Mike Martinez. Sununu had left them all far behind before the end of the first mile. Chance Logan was leading the pursuit at that point, followed by Johnson, Michael Nesius, Ryan Truchelut, and Mike Martinez.

"I tried to hang with those guys as long as I could," said Martinez. "They were tough."

The first half of the race was mostly downhill. The second half, heading toward the finish line back at the church, was mainly uphill. Up or down didn't seem to matter to Sununu.

Ryan Truchelut
Ryan Truchelut

"My pacing was pretty even," said Sununu. "5:30 miles across the board."

Nesius and Martinez dropped back. Climbing a hill near the two-mile mark, Logan shook off Charlie Johnson. Logan couldn't get rid of Truchelut, though.

"Ryan said he was gaining on me on the first hill," said Logan. "Then he caught me right before the end. I think I went out too fast."

Chance Logan
Chance Logan

"I had to chase him down," said Truchelut. "But it was my favorite kind of race, a drag race in the last tenth of a mile. It was my favorite temperature, in the forties, and my favorite kind of race, a drag race."

Sununu had already crossed the finish line in a winning 17:32 when Truchelut and Logan came sprinting up, Truchelut edging Logan for the runner-up spot 17:55 to 17:57. Charlie Johnson was the first master runner in the race, taking fourth in 18:04. Nesius was fifth in 18:12 and master runner Martinez sixth in 18:29.

Erika Huerta
Erika Huerta

Katie Sherron had been the first woman in the Shamrock Scurry in 2014, 2017, and 2018. A mile into the 2020 race, the three-time winner was racing alongside another Tallahassee athlete, Brittney Barnes. But over a hundred meters ahead of them, Erika Huerta was leading the women's field. A south Florida athlete, Huerta was in Tallahassee attending FDLE's Special Agent Training Academy. Two weeks before the Shamrock Scurry she had scored a win at the Mardi Gras 5K in Panama City Beach, Florida. The Killearn Estates course had some unfamiliar features for Huerta, though.

"We don't have hills like this in Miami," said Huerta. "It was a challenging course."

Huerta met the challenge, winning the women's title by well over 200 meters in 19:33. Barnes got away from Sherron to come in second in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 20:33. Sherron was the third woman and twentieth overall in 20:53. Laura Reina was the top woman master and sixth female finisher, 38th overall in 22:24.

Katie Sherron, Brittney Barnes
Katie Sherron and Brittney Barnes

Huerta's best mark for 5K on the roads is 18:04, but she doesn't want to stop there.

"It's been six months I've been training to break 18:00," said Huerta. "Soon! Maybe at the Corporate Run."

The Miami Corporate Run 5K is slated for 23 April 2020. 18:00 would have won the women's division at the race in 2019.

Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson

490 athletes finished the 2020 Shamrock Scurry 5K, and another 144 completed a one-mile fun run. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the races.

Top Ten Men, 2020 Shamrock Scurry 5K
  1. 17:32, Trevor Sununu (M, 24)
  2. 17:55, Ryan Truchelut (M, 34)
  3. 17:57, Chance Logan (M, 23)
  4. 18:04, Charlie Johnson (M, 40)
  5. 18:12, Michael Nesius (M, 35)
  6. 18:29, Mike Martinez (M, 54)
  7. 19:03, Tony Guillen (M, 51)
  8. 19:38, Jackson Rowe (M, 14)
  9. 19:50, Jonathan Kiros (M, 11)
  10. 19:52, Andrew Wilber (M, 30)

Top Ten Women, 2020 Shamrock Scurry 5K
  1. 19:33, Erika Huerta (F, 37)
  2. 20:33, Brittney Barnes (F, 32)
  3. 20:53, Katie Sherron (F, 38)
  4. 21:04, Melissa Thompson (F, 35)
  5. 21:39, Jillian Heddaeus (F, 36)
  6. 22:24, Laura Reina (F, 55)
  7. 22:40, Cecilia Bouaichi (F, 24)
  8. 22:45, Corinne Porcher (F, 51)
  9. 23:03, Ruffian Tyner (F, 44)
  10. 23:36, Angela Dempsey (F, 51)

Known Shamrock Scurry 5K winners, 1981 - 2020

13 March 198217:05, Paul Hodge21:22, Cathy Shuler
12 March 198315:35, Adam Pinkston19:21, Cheryl Jennings
17 March 198416:19, Bobby Shackleford17:42, Nellie Orr
16 March 198514:35, Jeff Wentworth19:20, Angie Crook
15 March 198615:33, David Keen18:42, Janice Hochstein
7 March 198715:21, Richard Corbett18:15, Janice Hochstein
12 March 198816:01, Bill Crooks19:59, Robin Tanner
11 March 198915:57, Bill Crooks19:32, Yvonne Gsteiger
17 March 199015:39, John Charlton20:07 Jane Henderson
16 March 199115:32, Gary Droze19:15, Vikki Saga
14 March 199215:53, Jessie Close17:50, Paula Johnson
8 May 1993

19 March 199415:17, Robin Rogers18:38, Jane Johnson
18 March 1995


13 March 200416:02, Ryder Leary16:44, Sinead Evans
5 March 200516:29, Matthew Dobson19:21, Breeda Willis
18 March 200618:21, Michael Martinez20:10, Jennifer Emo
17 March 200715:43, Joey Zins21:55, Jun Inoue
15 March 200814:47, Mark Carroll16:55, Barbara Parker
13 March 201017:25, Jay Wallace21:03, Anna Busby
12 March 201118:14, Peter Kaus19:35, Sheryl Rosen
10 March 201216:27, Stephen Cox19:43, Carrie Seiberlich
9 March 201316:13, Stanley Linton20:38, Mary Anne Grayson
8 March 201415:44, Stanley Linton19:48, Katie Sherron
14 March 201516:30, Chris Lake20:45, Emily Molen
12 March 201619:51, Duane Evans22:47, Emma Spencer
4 March 201716:38, Matthew McCurdy19:09, Katie Sherron
3 March 201817:22, Vince Molosky18:40, Katie Sherron
2 March 201918:13, Charlie Johnson21:26, Alyssa Terry
7 March 202017:32, Trevor Sununu19:33, Erika Huerta
Originally scheduled for March 13, the 1993 race had to be
postponed because of a severe winter storm.
The Shamrock Scurry was held from Killearn UMC from 1981
to 1996.
The Shamrock Scurry was not held from 1997 to 2003.
From 2004 to 2008 the Shamrock Scurry was held from
Celebration Baptist Church.
The Shamrock Scurry was not held in 2009.
From 2010 to 2020 the Shamrock Scurry was held from Killearn UMC.


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